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Tonga Campus follow-up its Secondary Principal and Teacher Consultations through School Visits

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Tonga High School students during the Consultation Visit

USP Tonga Campus Director, Dr Robin S. Havea and his staff are now visiting secondary schools in Tonga as a follow up of to its Principal and Teacher Consultations in November last year.

The six schools visited were Ocean of Light, Tupou High School, Saint Andrew, Tupou College, ‘Apifoou College, Tonga High School and Tonga College. Other schools such as Liahona High School and Takuilau College will be visited this month (January).

The purpose of the visit was to meet with senior students to inform them of the programmes and courses offered by the University and at the Tonga Campus, including other support services.

Dr Havea said, “School visits are not new and staff of USP Tonga Campus have always been doing this as part of their communication and marketing strategies. However, 2020 has been a special year because several things were happening at global and national levels. In particular, the COVID-19 Pandemic raised all sorts of challenges that affected how we maintain and deliver quality education in the region.”

Tonga High School’s Head prefect- Boys, Deputy Principal- Ms. ‘Alisi Malafu, Campus Director- Dr. Robin Havea, Campus Coordinator- Mr. Lofan Tupou.

He added that Tonga was no exception and USP Tonga Campus had taken an initial step earlier by inviting around a dozen school principals. They discussed about what could be offered at Tonga Campus and the various study programme pathways at USP.

“Now, school visits are the second step where we talk first hand with the students and staff of these schools. It was an enriching experience because we did not only talk with senior students, but most schools allowed their lower form students to listen to our presentations,” said Dr Havea.

“As you can imagine, after the presentations these young students came out having a better idea of what USP was about that would help them to start planning on how to choose their subjects and careers wisely based on well-informed decisions.”

The school principals, senior staff and senior students of the visited schools were honoured and delighted to have USP staff at their school to share useful information.

Hamis Chimanlal (Advanced Subsidiary Level student with Ocean of Light International High School) said that the session was “very informative. Before there was confusion due to syllabus differences and now it is clearer.”

Hon. Tu’ioetau ‘Ahome’e, senior student at Tupou High School said the session was beneficial, informative and impressive. He is majoring in Art subjects and he is planning to continue further studies with USP.

Year 12 student at St. Andrew High School, Luseane Tu’ion said, “I am now aware of useful information such as subjects, courses selection and school fees and am looking forward to studying at USP in the future”.

Sonatane Vaha’akolo, Year 12 student at St. Andrew High School said that the session was “Beneficial and I understand subject pathways better now; and am more aware of study opportunities and programmes available at USP. I Intend to pursue a career in Agriculture in future with USP.”


This news item was published on 20 Jan 2021 11:21:10 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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